Packing List, Dublin
Luggage and bags:
Make sure there's enough room in your bag for all the things you will buy in Dublin!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We went in springtime, but it rained a lot. Two compulsory items: an umbrella and a raincoat, both will be more than useful!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The usual ones...
Photo Equipment: As it's a big city you won't come accross any difficulties to get what you need...
Luggage and bags:
For a 4 day break, I found a medium sized holdall was enough for me.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As I was staying in a hostel, I needed to bring all my stuff like towel, hairdryer, shampoo, soap etc etc
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Alka Seltzer......definately
Luggage and bags:
Pack light. You don't want to be carrying a lot of baggage all over Europe, or even just Dublin for that matter.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Ireland was actually pretty cool and damp when I was there in the summer. But I'm sure it can get warm as well. You'll notice there are palm trees in Dublin... not something you'd probably think, but it has to do with its coastal location, I believe. Anyway, bring some long pants definitely, maybe a light jacket, for summer. My guess is that winters are mild, but don't hold me to that.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Um, a lot of things are closed on Sundays, so I'm not sure how easy it is to get necessities in an emergency. Pack accordingly for that.
Whaterver the season, come prepared. Rain covering essential. good walking shoes for all the site seeing you are planning to do.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Usual toiletries, wc. available everywhere - pubs, restaurants every where will allow you to use the loos.
Photo Equipment: Chemists and most superstores sell and develope film. Also sell batteries for cameras and disposable cameras.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Lots of good camp sites. Approved by the Irish tourist board. Lists available at Information offices and sometimes a stand, associated with the tourist board, set up in the larger stores.
Photo Equipment: I usually bring along TWO types of cameras with me and load them with TWO different types of films i.e. ASA200 film (for day) and the high speed Kodak 800 film for museums or places that do not allow flash photography.
For people who really like photography, Judy Litt at the Mining Co. at: Tips on taking good photographs wrote a comprehensive series on just about anything you'd need to know.
Keep in mind that long-term travel can also do some serious damage to a camera. Losing it in airline luggage land or just plain theft are also some concerns. So you may want to purchase an older or used camera.
Online auctions such as eBay.com or Eggheadare good places to find these. Some of the mail order houses have very competitive prices too. Sites like 20-20Consumer.com will guide you to the lowest prices available on the web.
Miscellaneous: If you are going to do lots of walking and sightseeing, do remember to put the following items into your tote bag or backpack: Map of Dublin City, Water bottle, Sunglasses.... etc.
And, DON'T forget to bring along your ATM card and.... an open mind.
Remember, if your ATM card is linked to international networks like 'Cirrus', 'Plus', 'The Exchange' etc, you can withdraw money from any ATM machines in the world. What's more, you'd even benefit from the low interbank exchange rates being given to you vis-a-vis if you were to change it at your local money-changer. Grafton Street and Merrion Row has tons of ATM machines (AIG, AIB, Bank of Ireland) so you'd never be left in the lurch hunting for an ATM machine.
So far, no ATM machines have failed me. Yes, even in the remotest villages in Africa. :-) If you haven't tried this method, I challenge you to do so today. And be pleasantly surprised at how much you can save at the end of the day using this method. I kid you not!
'People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.' - Dagobert D. Runes (American Writer); 1902-1982
Luggage and bags:
Throw a self-folding nylon backpack (lightweight) into your bag. This will come in so handy for shopping, carrying your camera, a hat or umbrella and have the freedom of walking/shopping hands free. And you don't necessarily stand out as a tourist. All sorts of secure zippered pockets for maps and train schedules, money, waterbottle, that picnic in the park, etc. I will NEVER travel without one again!
Take a look at www.campmor.com or www.magellans.com for 'daypacks or backpacks'.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's Ireland - take a hat! Not only did this come in handy with the rain along the Giant's Causeway, but it helped handle my wind-whipped hair too! Expect rain...it arrives quickly and disappears just as fast but, you'll be glad for that hat or hood when it does! (pictured: Mourne Mountains)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you plan on walking/hiking alot like I did, I highly recommend an extra pair of Dr.Scholl's shoe inserts (those light cushion pads) and some tape for blisters. Not a pleasant subject but, be realistic about your limitations. I was, had these items, and had a wonderful (pain free) trip with no limitations to how many miles I put on my feet everyday! No limitations! Now THAT'S the way to travel!!!!
Photo Equipment: Remember the lighting (weather) has drastic changes within minutes. At the Giant's Causeway along the Antrim Coast, I had bright sun and blue sky, turn to dark clouds, wind gusts and rain pelting not down but sideways and all within 20 minutes time!
Miscellaneous: http://www.local.ie/ - Tuck this website into your bag and use it when in a cybercafe along Grafton St. if you need any specific info on Dublin, menus, pubs, etc. FYI - any of the Tourist Info offices can offer you anything you need and most is free. They're happy to help and with a smile!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No need to take perfume. I found this nice Perfume machine in a pub's bathroom!!! It will help you out with a choice of three different scents for just 20p.!!!